Chicago Cubs: Jose Iglesias an underrated asset
The Detroit Tigers might be looking at some younger options in the middle of their infield during their forthcoming rebuild. Jose Iglesias, 28, is a veteran shortstop who has a very good glove, is a solid baserunner and has a decent bat for his position. A career .270/.315/.363 hitter, Iglesias has played in roughly 125 to 130 games the past four seasons, but can still be relatively cheap.
Last season he made $6.750 million in 2018 on a one-year deal and made $4.1 million in 2017. The demand for him will not necessarily be high despite his being a solid player, and it is very hard to imagine him getting a big deal in 2019. His value was highest in 2015 when he was an All-Star. That year, he hit .300/.347/.370, but has not put up numbers like that since. Over the last three seasons, he carries a .259/.301/.364 slash line.
Will he be willing to embrace a lesser role with the Chicago Cubs? Are there other teams who view Iglesias as an everyday player, which could help him net a larger contract? And, if he does come to the North Side, would it mean Javier Baez seeing more time at second or a position change for Iglesias?
Questions surrounding him would be if he wants to embrace a lesser role with the Cubs and who else would need a guy like him even more. Iglesias playing games at short would see more games for Javy at second.